The days are getting shorter and cooler, and the scent of Autumn in on the breeze. It’s September, and the 18th Annual Fall Art Tour is fast approaching! Our galleries and artists are gearing up for the biggest art weekend of the year, and it’s a great time to come out to Rappahannock County to see new and continuing exhibits, enjoy our galleries and shops, award-winning wines and micro-breweries, amazing restaurants, and overnight accomodations.

Our inns, b&b’s, and Airbnbs book up early for Fall Art Tour weekend – if you’re thinking about making a weekend of the Fall Art Tour (the best idea to experience all the art and more in Rappahannock) now is the time to make your reservations!

Here’s what’s happening this month:

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Aliens & Animals, Wayne Paige

August 25 – October 1, 2023

311 Gay Street, Lower Level,
facing Main Street & across from Ballard’s 
Washington, VA 22747
(540) 227-5066

Hours: Friday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm

“The digital age has brought upon us a binary kaleidoscope fog blanketing both perception and reality. I think of my art as not only beyond the fog, but also behind the curtain of technology.

“Within the artwork, mythical landscapes of mountains, waterways, and woodlands serve as a setting for other-worldly beings who engage with earthly-like inhabitants in a variety of every day activities. Together and in a twilight setting, aliens, animals, and spirits observe disengage, float, hide, and flee to and from unforeseen events. Consternation prevails adding to the overall surreal nature of the art along with ever-present references to conflict, dreams, and humor.”

Wayne Paige



New location!

37 Main Street
Sperryville, VA 22740
(540) 547-7945


Hours: Friday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm

Thornton River Art has relocated! We are across the street from our former location, sharing the Cheri Woodward Realty building.

We are open for our regular hours (Friday – Sunday, 11:00 – 5:00) beginning on August 25th!

Thornton River Art is proud to represent 24 local artists. For more information visit www.thorntonriverart.com or call 540-547-7945.

We look forward to seeing you at our new wonderful location.




Exhibition with featured artist Aster da Fonseca

August 18 – October 16, 2023
Opening reception: Saturday, August 19, 4:00 – 6:00 p

The show features the work of Aster, returning artist Adam Waimon, and Kevin H. Adams.

Aster is a self-taught artist born in Brazil, who moved to Washington, D.C. in the mid-90s and began painting shortly after his arrival there.  His work has been shown in many galleries and venues in the D.C. area.  He now lives and works in Florida.  While Gay Street Gallery has been proud to show some of his work in the past, this is Aster’s first featured exhibition in Little Washington and he will be at the opening to talk with visitors about his beautiful and unique collage paintings.

Adam returns to Gay Street Gallery for another exhibition of his sculptural glass work, primarily engraved blown glass.  With a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, Adam lives and keeps his studio in Rhode Island, but is frequently in Virginia because of family connections here. His work is included in numerous public and prviate collections throughout the US and abroad.

Resident artist Kevin H. Adams will show landscape paintings from Virginia and elsewhere.

Images, top to bottom:



Aster da Fonseca, Spring
Adam Waimon, Berry Blossoms
Kevin H. Adams, First Snow


The opening ceremony for the 2023 Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community’s (RAAC) Ephemeral Arts Program will take place on Saturday, July 1, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at the Rappahannock County Park’s pavilion. The ceremony will include a short social period with complimentary drinks and light snacks followed by a brief presentation by the artists. Guests are welcome to walk the park trails afterwards and experience the art installations firsthand.

The Ephemeral Arts Program, sponsored in collaboration with the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection (RLEP) and the Rappahannock County Recreational Facilities Authority (RCRFA), features temporary art installations by local artists using natural materials from the environment at hand. Three proposals were selected from this year’s applicant pool:

  • Barbara Sharp’s Domum Apes (A Home for Bees), a bee skep made with local grasses and woven together with cane.
  • Regina Yurkonis’ Confluence, a wool “waterway” flowing from and through natural and human-made features connecting the land and its elements to our water and us.
  • Dabney Kirchman’s Nature’s Eye, concentric circles of colored river rocks surrounding a central “eye.”

The art installations will remain in place through the last weekend of August.


Photograph: Patricia Brennan and Jen Cable’s ephemeral art installation in Fall, 2022.


Online Exhibition

Cottage Curator
12018A Lee Highway
Sperryville, VA 22740

Hours: Friday – Sunday, 11:30 am – 3:30 pm and by appointment

You are also welcome to shop online and make an appointment to pick up.
Call Jackie: 202-345-1733 or email jackie@cottagecurator.com.

“Still” intrigued by the challenge of arranging and capturing their subject’s ephemeral existence, artists remain passionate about fruit and flowers.

They bring their signature brushwork, palette preferences, and vision to a blank picture plane and set about giving new life to an age-old tradition.

These artists masterfully take on the challenge of still life.

Photograph: “Green Appeal,” by Nancy Van Meter